The Party chat feature was one of the big additional features of Xbox Live over the PlayStation Network that had PS3 owners really jealous this generation. Whilst complaints like an in-game Cross Media Bar and achievements/trophies were fixed early on in the lifetime of the PS3, software programming meant that gamers were stuck with chatting with their friends only within the games they were playing, making it very difficult to set up play sessions with friends. Sony doesn’t intend on making the same mistake this generation however, and have made it clear when discussing the online capabilities of the PlayStation 4 that party chat will play a big part in the PS4 experience.
What about the other PlayStation console on the block however? Will PS4 owners be able to chat online with Vita gamers? According to Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida that will indeed be the case, as he confirmed when he answered a fan’s question on Twitter.
Although it may seem like a simple feature, currently there is hardly any online visibility between PS3 and Vita. This confirmation should mean that when you are playing on your PS4 you will be able to view friends online with their Vita, invite them to a party chat and arrange a gaming session – in other words you will always be connected to every aspect of the PlayStation online community no matter which system you are gaming on.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) August 23, 2013
With the confirmation of cross-platform party chat and charges for online gaming on PS4, the two online gaming networks are becoming even closer to each other than ever before. Time will tell whether PSN or Xbox Live becomes the most popular and accessible network this generation.